Mzansi Afrika

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Sunday, March 14, 2004

Springbok emblem faces official extinction

Rugby's Springbok emblem is on its way out after almost 100 years. The SA Sports Commission has ratified a decision by the National Colours Board that rugby be brought into line with all other sports and adopt the King Protea as its official emblem. Rugby bosses, including union president Brian van Rooyen, have had meetings with the Colours Board, a committee of the commission, over the issue. Van Rooyen said he discussed the matter with former President Nelson Mandela on Monday.